Grealish, James and Family


Census of Ireland 1911Our Story Family


Household Return (Form A) for house No. 13

In 1911, James Grealish (72) a ‘Farmer and a widower was head of the household and lived with his daughter-in-law Maggie (40), a widow, and her children in the townland of Carnmore West in the parish of Claregalway. James could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. Maggie was a ‘Farmers Daughter’ and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English.  Maggie had one daughter Anne (17) and three sons James (15), Martin (13) and John (11). All were single. Anne was a ‘Farmers Daughter’ and could read, write and spoke both Irish and English. James, Martin, and John were ‘Scholars’ and could read and write. James is marked down that he spoke both Irish and English. Martin and John only spoke English. All were born in County Galway.

There were three new columns in the 1911 census compared to that of 1901, ‘Years Married’, ‘Children Born’ and ‘Children Living’. They were not filled out.


Enumerator’s abstract (Form N)

The Grealish family were the only family living in the house, there were four males and two females and all were of the Roman Catholic faith.


House and Building Return (Form B1) & Out-Offices and Farm-Steadings Return (Form B2)

James was the owner of his house.  The house was a 2nd class stone or brick cottage with a thatched roof. It had three front windows and three rooms occupied. There were eight out-offices and farmsteads a stable, a cow house, a calf house, a piggery, a fowl house, a barn, a turf house and a shed.

The returns were filled out and signed by James. It was witnessed as a truthful return and collected by Constable Thomas Fitzgerald on April 11th.


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8. John Carr, 9. John Higgins, 10. James Michael Grealish, 11. James (Jas) Grealish, 12. Stephen Ruane, 13. James Grealish,  14. John Grealish, 15. James Grealish (Micl), 16. John Carr (Pat), 17. Michael Sheridan, 18. Peter Grealish.


Sources: NAI, (National Archives of Ireland), accessed 25/04/2017


Census of Ireland 1926

The next census in Ireland was not taken until 1926.  It was not taken in 1921 as Ireland was in the midst the ‘War of Independence’ against Britain. By 1926 Ireland was a Free State and the government was able to take their first census.  The official due date for the release of the 1926 Census is January 1st, 2027 as there is a 100-year privacy law in Ireland. There have been many attempts to have an earlier release date, but to no avail yet.



More to Follow!


Questions that can arise…

Why can ages by out by years from the 1901 census to 1911?

Why is there no record of female occupation in some cases?

Why are the additional 3 new columns in 1911 not filled out in some cases?

Were the houses actually numbered?

What does forms A, N, B1 and B2 mean?


This page was added on 25/04/2017.

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